Las Cruces, N.M. - The San Jose State University women’s swimming and diving team cruised past both the United States Air Force Academy and Northern Colorado University on day one of the inaugural Western Athletic Conference Shootout at the New Mexico State University Pool on Friday, October 10.
With its first two dual-meet victories of the season, San Jose State improves to 2-1 on the year. The Spartans topped Air Force (1-2) of the Mountain West Conference, 154-88, and Northern Colorado (0-3) of the Pacific Collegiate Swim Conference, 183-51.
The Spartans swept the two relay events against both the Falcons and the Bears to bookend a dominating performance, with the A’ 200 medley of Tomi Petty, Caitlin Macky, Tarolyn Robertson and Lauren Mar going 1:48.93, and the A’ 200 freestyle of Rudie Guerrero, Meghan McCurley, Daphne Yeung and Mar timing 1:37.78.
The 200 free relay, in a season-best time, placed second overall, only behind Northern Arizona’s A’ foursome, as all seven squads present at the event swam simultaneously, but were only scored against designated opponents. In fact, both Spartan free relays were faster than the A’ group of Nevada, the two-time defending WAC team champion. San Jose State’s B’ relay of Petty, fellow freshman Kristin Yamaguchi, and sophomores Ashley Ladd and Julie Wynn, timed 1:40.65, while the Wolf Pack only managed a mark of 1:41.46.
In individual events, true freshman Amy Friedhoff was first against Air Force and Northern Colorado in both the 500 free (5:05.66) and the 1000 free (10:38.69) as the only quadruple-winner for the Spartans on the evening. Her 500 time was a collegiate best by just over a second and a half, and ties her for eighth all-time in program history with junior teammate Hannah Tringham.
Senior Lauren Mar topped both with a season-best 24.27 in the 50 free, as did fellow fourth-year senior Beste Erener in the 200 individual medley. Erener’s time of 2:12.43 was over two seconds faster than what she swam in the season opener at Stanford on Friday, October 3.
Petty, out of Carmichael, Calif., was first against both opponents with a time of 59.70 in the 100 back, as was Kirsten Trammell in her first 100 breaststroke race of the year in 1:08.38.
Yamaguchi topped Northern Colorado in the 200 free (1:57.98), with Guerrero winning the 100 fly (59.92) and Erin Garcia (54.28) the 100 free against the Bears. It was Garcia’s first dual win in the event of her Spartan career. Sophomore diver Jo Thibodaux bested Air Force on the three-meter springboard with a score of 217.55.
Senior Katey Nelson turned in a season-best 1:59.11 in the 200 free. Other season bests included McCurley (24.84), Wynn (25.70) and Ladd (26.11) in the 50 free, Linzy Warkentin (1:00.99) in the 100 fly, and Yeung (54.87) and Wynn (55.74) in the 100 free.
Erener eclipsed her collegiate best in the 100 breast for the second week in a row, swimming 1:10.12 in the 100 breast after going 1:10.86 at Stanford last Friday.
The Spartans put together 1-2-3 sweeps over Northern Colorado in the 50 free, 100 free, 200 free, 500 free and the 100 back, while taking the top three scoring spots over Air Force in the 500 free.
In the relays, the San Jose State medley foursomes took the top two scoring spots against both Air Force and Northern Colorado, while the free relay foursomes did so against the Bears.
In all, the Spartans won nine of 13 events against Air Force and 11 of 13 against Northern Colorado.
The Spartans conclude action at the WAC Shootout on Saturday, October 11, competing against conference foes Nevada, New Mexico State and Northern Arizona in a four-way dual.
San Jose State at 2008 WAC Shootout
October 10, 2008
Final Team Scores
San Jose State (2-1) 154, Air Force (1-2) 88
San Jose State (2-1) 183, Northern Colorado (0-3) 51
Other Team Scores From Day One
New Mexico State 136, Boise State 106
New Mexico State 183, Northern Colorado 53
Nevada 128, New Mexico State 114
Nevada 130, Northern Arizona 112
Nevada 145, Air Force 97
Northern Arizona 139, Boise State 103
Air Force 163, Northern Colorado 73